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Camels Honored with Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Team Award

Camels Honored with Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Team Award

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College Field Hockey program has been honored with the 2017 Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Team Award.

The award recognizes those institutions that achieved a minimum Team GPA of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year. 

In addition, 18 of the 26 members of the team were recognized for their academic prowess on the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Squad. The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

The following Camels garnered individual academic honors from Zag Field Hockey & the NFHCA:

First Year Camels:

Hannah Falvey, Hingham, Mass.

Danielle Hickman, Wellesley, Mass.

Courtney Peyko, Grand Isle, Vt.

Samantha Segiet, Bethel, Conn.

Sophie Pollinger, Summit, N.J.


Sophomore Camels:

Lauren Hirshom, Walpole, Mass.

Cara McConaughey, Scituate, Mass.

Enya McGarry, Woodstock, Md.

Jamie Navoni, Natick, Mass.

Gabrielle Peterson, Worcester, Mass.

Lauren Pianucci, Glen Gardner, N.J.

Kaitlin Thomas, Orange, Conn.


Junior Camels:

Cheyanne Asplundh, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

Jacqueline Murphy, Danvers, Mass.


Senior Camels:

Amanda Jacobsen, Stafford Springs, Conn.

Bryn MacGillivray, Westwood, Mass.

Maggie Wells, Darien, Conn.

Natalie Wenigmann, Wilmington, Del.


"I would like to congratulate all of the Camel field hockey student-athletes who earned ​spots on the 2016 ​NFHCA National ​Academic Squad," Connecticut College Head Field Hockey Coach Chrissy Needham said.  "To have eighteen of our student-athletes individually recognized for maintaining cumulative grade point averages over 3.30 throughout their collegiate academic careers thus far is a testament to each of their commitment to achieving excellence in the classroom and on the athletic field. ​ In addition, ​ I am very excited and proud to see ​our team being recognized with a NFHCA Team Academic Award for the Fall 2016 semester. As a team, we earned a 3.33​ team ​ grade point average​ which is well above the 3.0 standard for earning this award. ​As a team, we strive to embody the definition of the title student-athlete and this award is recognition of our student-athletes' success in doing so. ​Congratulations to all of our academic award winners!"​

The Camels continue to improve under Needham's direction. The team won four out of its last five games in the month of October to finish with a record of 5-10.